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Charles Taylor, Mikhail Epstein and ‘minimal religion’

  • Ian Fraser
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Abstract

In A Secular Age Charles Taylor endorses Mikhail Epstein’s notion of ‘minimal religion’ as his preferred orientation to the good for Western secular society. This article examines the basis of Epstein’s ‘minimal religion’ which rests on the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It is shown that Freud’s theories are incompatible with Taylor’s own thought, and in the case of Jung, Epstein fails to develop the latter’s contribution to our understanding of religion. Moreover, although Taylor endorses Epstein’s work he makes no reference to Jung. To this end, the importance of Jung’s theories in relation to religion are elucidated and offered as a way to forge a dialogue between a nuanced humanist position and the theistic vision offered by Taylor.

Keywords

Taylor Epstein Freud Jung Religion  Consciousness 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics, History and International Relations, School of Social, Political and Geographical SciencesLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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